Hanoi, Vietnam: Two hours before meeting Kim Jong Un – and six hours before Michael Cohen testifies against him in Congress – President Donald Trump denounced his former lawyer Wednesday as a liar who is trying to protect himself.
“Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately),” Trump tweeted from Hanoi, site of his second summit with Kim devoted to North Korea’s nuclear weapons. “He had other clients also.”
Noting that Cohen has been disbarred, the president said “he did bad things unrelated to Trump,” and “is lying in order to reduce his prison time.”
Trump did not address specific allegations by Cohen, who plans to label the president a “con man, a “cheat,” and a “racist” in his testimony before a House committee late Thursday.
Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2019
The former attorney and fixer plans to say that Trump knew a longtime associate was discussing a WikiLeaks dump of stolen emails related to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign of 2016, according to Cohen’s opening statement obtained by Politico and other media outlets.
Cohen also claims the president implicitly instructed him to lie about a Moscow Trump Tower project negotiated during the 2016 campaign.
The testimony figures to overshadow at least part of the Trump-Kim summit, an event Cohen plans to reference in his testimony.
At one point in his prepared testimony, Cohen cited the college and medical deferments Trump received to avoid military service in the Vietnam War.
“‘You think I’m stupid, I wasn’t going to Vietnam,'” Cohen quotes Trump as saying.
In his prepared testimony, Cohen adds: “I find it ironic, President Trump, that you are in Vietnam right now.”